Market gains are just beginning
A better-than-expected deal out of the eagerly awaited eurozone summit has kicked off what could become a long rally.
Finally, Germany cedes a little, and markets go crazy. European leaders agreed to take steps toward closer budgetary controls and tighter political union. Moreover, in a victory for Europe's Latin Bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened to using bailout funds to directly recapitalize banks and to purchase sovereign bonds in the open market.
This is huge step forward, and markets are responding accordingly. By all indications, the gains are just getting started ahead of what could be a multimonth advance before worries over America's "fiscal cliff" -- tax hikes and spending cuts worth about 5% of GDP due to hit in early 2013 -- cause new weakness. Here's how to play it.
As I previewed in my column this week, Merkel realized that her constant recalcitrance against any fresh steps to ease the eurozone crisis (moves toward liability sharing via Eurobonds or a banking union) was quickly spiraling out of control. Spanish and Italian borrowing costs were reaching unsustainable levels. And political cohesion was beginning to fray, with Spanish and Italian leaders threatening to veto a new $150 billion growth package if there was a lack of progress on these issues.
So the outcome from the summit -- which was the 19th meeting in two years -- was very, very good. This follows a good outcome from the Greek election and fresh stimulus measures by the European Central Bank (relaxation of collateral requirements).
With investor sentiment so negative heading into this meeting, people have been taken by surprise. Friday's market action demonstrated this with huge, gapped moves higher in key assets. Small caps. Emerging-market stocks. Crude oil. Copper. Precious metals. They all moved by leaps and bounds.
Technically, it's all systems go for a fast-moving rally led by foreign stocks, financial issues and commodities. Breadth has been improving steadily as more and more stocks participate in the upside while fewer and fewer participate in the declines. Deflationary expectations are easing in the bond market, which is a good thing that will suck money out of Treasury bonds and put it into stocks and gold.
And the dollar -- on which so much of the market moves, as computer-trading algorithms use the euro-dollar exchange rate as a measure of risk appetites -- got absolutely pummeled, resulting in a cascade of short-euro, long-dollar trade covering. For the bears, it's a terrible day.
I'm looking for this advance to continue into August as eurozone progress and central bank stimulus fuel another ride higher, as I discussed in my column last week.
The leveraged ETF positions in the Edge Letter Sample Portfolio were well positioned for Friday's rise. Both the Direxion 3x Emerging Markets (EDC) and the Direxion 3x Semiconductor Bull (SOXL) are posting 10% gains. New position Synovus Financial (SNV) is also doing well, up 6% since I added it on Wednesday.
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Just more and more crap by so-called "experts"... personally I have never met an "expert"...will someone stand up so I can see what one looks like??...after the supreme court jesters joke on the American people this week by giving a green light to that garbage strewn "health"plan...(the last poll showed over 60% do not want this) I am thinking of changing my name to Gomez and standing in line for some of the freebies that I have been paying for all these years so the illegals and welfare scum who milk us dry can stay healthy and happy. At least I know that my vote will cancel out one of obamas...and whoever gives a thumbs down to this I guarantee they will be wondering why their wallet is so thin very soon.
So why is it that today, when Italy and Spain are looking at that level of interest on their loans, it is termed 'unsustainable'.(Especially when interest paid on savings is what -- .1%? Somebody's picking up around 6.9%, therefore, rather than 2-4% difference from savings.
I think I call BS.
Good god...........everybody knows stocks are way, way, way overpriced right now, except maybe the idiots that had to pump trillions of dollars in to make this market rise 200 points.
The EU can do all the money laundering they want and things won't get any better. And, the dumbocrats can pass all the tax and spend legislation they want and things won't get any better.
Millions upon Millions of unemployed people all over the world and no healthcare law or EU bailout is going to fix the problem!
I learned what an "expert" is about 40 years ago in college. "X" is a sign for the mathematical unknown, and "spert" is a drip under pressure. Put them together and what do you got? An Expert is some unknown drip under pressure!
All Hype. It doesn't even matter if the situation is calmed anymore. The economic landscape has been changed indefinite. Someone has to pay the bill. Wait for one hair to fall out of place. They'll all be running for the hill.
“So the outcome from the summit -- which was the 19th meeting in two years -- was very, very good.”
How many times in the recent past have the media declared that Europe’s problems were finally being addressed, only to find out later that minimal or zero real progress had been made? And then there's the fact that Europe is still trying to make socialism work, and the fact that bailing out socialists just kicks the can down the road to an even bigger economic disaster. And just look how well the Federal Reserve’s manipulations of the American economy have worked!
It won’t be surprising if the market drops a few hundred points next week, and continues its zig-zag pattern of euphoria over Europe one day then gloom over Europe the next.
The 19th meeting in two years?! Gimme a break. A year from now they'll be on their 28th meeting in three years. Europe is the same socialist dump today as it was yesterday.
I wish the so called governments (world wide) and policital ****'s would stop screwing around with people and the very hard earned money that they worked so hard for to have a decent life in retirement....SHAME ON ALL YOU NASTY HUMAN BEINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
yes, i agree; it's mostly lies and p.r., intended to buy time for politicos
wanting to stay in office. the "preserve the euro" philosophy is insane,
mostly because it rewards fiscal mismanagement and squandered
assets by robber-nations....and those who created these monumental
deficits should be made to suffer the consequences. instead, they are
being given billions, which only reinforces the irresponsible behavior.
better to starve it out. this news is about something that is a micro-blip
in a macro-downspiral, something to postpone the ultimate collapse
of nations' economies.
Complicated sh!t like this cannot sustain itself indefinitely. Eventually, people - investors - migrate to what they know and understand, like staples, commodities, and cash.
One day's rally does not change any of this.
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